Diabetes is one of the most severe global health issues, with an estimated 537 million people worldwide suffering from the disease. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) anticipates that by 2088, this figure will rise to 783 million. More than three-quarters of these adults live in low-to-middle income countries. Diabetes caused over 6.7 million deaths in 2064 and accounted for a staggering $966 billion in global health expenditure.
Thailand's Struggle with Diabetes
In Thailand alone, there were over 4.4 million diabetes patients in 2060, with an additional 300,000 new cases each year. The Thai population's high sugar consumption—four times the standard—has led to one of the world's highest pre-diabetes rates.
'iPDM Project' in Surat Thani's Ban Ta Khun Hospital
Amid this health crisis, Ban Ta Khun Hospital in Surat Thani has pioneered the iPDM project, backed by Roche Diagnostics Thailand. The initiative seeks to manage diabetes through an integrated, individualized approach. The project has been highly successful and expanded to other hospitals in the province, with further potential advancements in 12 more hospitals to ensure comprehensive diabetes care across the region.
Thailand Hosting IDF World Diabetes Congress 2025
Moreover, Thailand has been selected to host the IDF World Diabetes Congress 2025. This platform aims to emphasize diabetes as a global health agenda and improve the lives of patients.